BENNINGTON, N.H. – The Castleton men's alpine skiing team picked up a third-place finish in the slalom at Crotched Mountain on Saturday, led by rookie Jan Klindic's first career collegiate victory.
Klindic sat atop the 70-racer leaderboard after the day's opening runs, and held onto the spot by posting the second fastest second run of the day. He finished with a total time of 1:37.82, beating out the University of Connecticut's Griffin Struyk (1:38.05) by less than a quarter of a second. Clarkson's Andrew Yoviene rounded out the day's top-three finishers with a time of 1:38.88.
Castleton placed seven racers inside the top 30 on the day, including four racers inside the top 20. Erick Robicsek finished 12th overall with a time of 1:41.02, followed by Cameron Heald in 19th place at 1:41.88. Matt Couture rounded out the top-20 finishers with a time of 1:42.01.
Erik Brobacke was just behind Couture in 21st place, finishing with a combined time of 1:42.16 after posting the eighth fastest second run of the day. Paul Klosterman registered a time of 1:42.96 to place 23rd overall, and Andrew Borden finished in 29th place with a time of 1:46.01.
UConn was the top finisher on the day as a team, posting a combined time of 4:59.39. Clarkson was second at 5:00.12, while Castleton was third at 5:01.71. The Spartans were just 1.59 seconds off the No. 2 spot, and 2.32 seconds off of the top spot on the day.
The team will compete in the giant slalom on Sunday at Crotched Mountain.